A visual defect in which one eye cannot focus with the other on an object because of imbalance of the eye muscles. Also called squint.
[New Latin, from Greek strabismos, condition of squinting, from strabizein, to squint, from strabos, squinting; see streb(h)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
stra·bismal (-məl), stra·bismic (-mĭk) adj.
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